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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Well look what I found in my living room

It's not every day you come across an 11ft deep well in your living room, but that’s what greeted a Seaton man when he was renovating his home.

Discovery: Neil Wilson with the well under the floor of his Seaton home

Neil Wilson, 50, of Low Seaton, was digging up a room on Sunday with his father John when they uncovered the well.

Mr Wilson, an after sales manager at Lloyd Motors in Cockermouth, was creating a second living room when he stumbled across the hole.

He said: “I moved a large stone and I could see there was a big hole. I did an internet search for ‘what to do with a well in your living room’ and nothing came up.”

Mr Wilson has lived therewith wife Margaret, 52, and sons Jack, 19, and Darren, 22, for 20 years.

The building, known in the village as Bell House, is 150 years old but Mr Wilson has no idea how old the well is.

Bell House was built as a farmhouse and in the 1970s it became a garden centre before being converted back into a home in the 1980s.

Mr Wilson has looked at maps of Seaton dating back to the 1830s and can find no reference to a well there.

A surveyor from Allerdale council viewed the well on Wednesday and said that there were two options. Mr Wilson can fill it in with concrete and put a new floor over it, or make it into a feature.

Mr Wilson said: “I want to keep it and we will look at the best way to make it a feature of the living room.”


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